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Prince Harry and pregnant Duchess Meghan spend engagement anniversary apart

Don’t read too much into it, but Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan of Sussex are spending the Tuesday anniversary of their engagement announcement apart, he in Africa, she in the United Kingdom.

How come? Duty calls.

Harry went to Zambia in south-central Africa on Monday for a two-day state visit to the Commonwealth country on behalf of the British government. Meghan, who is pregnant and due in the spring, stayed home in London.

Why? Could it be because of fatigue compounded by fear of the pregnancy-threatening Zika virus, as reported by British tabloids The Sun and The Daily Mail?

Maybe, but the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s list of countries in Africa with risks of Zika does not include Zambia, formerly known as Northern Rhodesia.

And outraged Zambia officials rushed to condemn the tabloids and demand retractions – so far unavailing, according to the Lusaka Times in the African country’s capital.

“We understand that there is freedom of expression, but The Sun editorial board should know that freedom comes with responsibility,” said the Zambia High Commission in London in a letter to The Sun.

But it may be entirely true that Meghan, 37, is tired following a grueling three-week tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga in the South Pacific last month, and several major engagements since their return. By now, she is believed to be in her second trimester.

It also should be pointed out that Zika is present in Fiji and Tonga, according to the CDC, and Meghan went anyway to both countries with no apparent ill effects.

So why is Harry, 34, in Zambia? Because his job includes being a royal ambassador to the Commonwealth, which means showing up whenever the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office asks him to.